Intrigue Wines 2011 Pinot Gris - 89pts

Intrigue Wines 2011 Pinot Gris (Lake Country) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and BC VQA stores
Cost: $16.90
Alcohol: 13.8%
Production: 100 cases
Date Tasted: July 26th, 2012

Tasting Notes: Fans of the Burrowing Owl style of BC Pinot Gris, where a little residual sugar is left to add a touch of sweetness and help augment the body, will love this version from Lake Country producer Intrigue Wines. The side project of long-time Gray Monk winemaker, Roger Wong, Intrigue boasts a small, focused portfolio of, mostly, white wines, all available for $20 or less.

What distinguishes this Pinot Gris from the large scale Burrowing Owl release is the colour. Wong has chosen to leave the juice on the skins just long enough to impart the slightest brass, or "coral" hue which adds a little welcomed visual intrigue to the wine and helps it stand-out from the pack. Honeydew, orchard fruit and a little minerality caress the nose. Followed by a (mostly) dry, full-bodied palate brimming with similar flavours and a touch of tropical fruit notes. Has the acidity to balance the fruit nicely and should make for an excellent patio companion. Enjoy this wine in its youth. Drink 2012-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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